Penny-pinching and piecemeal: This is no way to plan a long-term recovery

The Department for Education’s penny-pinching, piecemeal announcements and politicians’ quick-fix solutions will put long-term education recovery at risk, says Deborah Lawson

Today’s education system is “an outdated Victorian-based education system” characterised by “obsession with exams, obsession with academic excellence and defunding of SEN support, defunding of the arts and dehumanisation of the children”.

This was the opinion of one of the many Voice Community teacher, headteacher and support staff members from across the UK who took part in our recent survey on the future of education.

Here is another: “The fact that the majority of children have been at home for so long means that it is not just educational or academic catch-up that is needed, it is also reconditioning them into the stable routine of the class environment and disciplined focus that they will find hard both in terms of behaviour and mental health.

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